The Good Parts of Bad Company

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(Reprinted from Music Aficionado) by Gene Santoro

Sometimes rock is just rock. The blue-collar kind that doesn’t aspire to be artsy, that just wants to hit and finesse bedrock sounds that give fans a good-time jolt.

Coming at the end of the classic rock era, Bad Company aimed at that mark—and for the first two albums, mostly hit it.

As they steered between overstuffed prog-rock and introspective singer-songwriters, they pared back roots-rock styles to be lean and mean. But they tucked in nuances that, listening today, make the hits you’ve heard so many times pop with subliminal surprises.

For a while. Then they and the arena-rockers who rose in their wake turned their discipline and chops into radio-ready formulas—and helped paved the way for punk’s extreme rock teardown and reboot…

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